Warwickshire v Middlesex LV County Championship

 

Warwickshire drew their latest LV=CC match against Middlesex at Edgbaston to remain 12 points clear at the top of the Division 1 table.

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Day 4

It took Warwickshire an hour on the final morning to wrap up the Middlesex second innings, having taken the new ball straight away.

Chris Wright removed Malan for 140 caught behind by Ambrose and he added Berg and Roland-Jones' wickets to complete a five wicket haul.

Similarly, Boyd Rankin did the same, removing Crook and Murtagh as Middlesex closed on 412 with a lead of 366.

In reply, Warwickshire never threatened to get close to chasing a target and lost both openers, Westwood 0 and Chopra 4 within the opening six overs, while Porterfield 12 was stumped off Patel's first delivery immediately before lunch.

The loss of the top three in the first twelve overs resulted in Middlesex applying more and more pressure after the lunch break, as wickets tumbled, with Maddy and Clarke failing to make an impression against Berg and Roland-Jones.

Rain prevented play for an hour, but in poor light, Troughton 42 gloved patel to Rossington, while Blackwell 23 chipped a simple return catch to the young Middlesex debutant to give him a third wicket.

With the pace men unable to bowl due to bad light, Ambrose 33* and Barker 3* kept Middlesex at bay for fourteen overs, before the umpires finally abandoned play for the day with forty minutes possible playing time remaining and Warwickshire hanging on at 152-7.

With other results going their way Warwickshire remain top of Division 1 by 12 points and with a game in hand on nearest rivals, Sussex.

Day 3

The third day belonged very much to Middlesex after Warwickshire had earlier taken a forty six run first innings lead .

Hopes were high for the home side when ris Wright struck twice at the start of the Middlesex second innings, removing Robson 1 and Denly 15 to catches from Ambrose and Clarke respectively.

This was the last success for the Bears until after tea, as Rogers 109 and Malan 138* batted throughout the afternoon taking the Midddlesex lead past two hundred.

Boyd Rankin had some success after tea, removing Rogers, Dexter2 and Rossington 2, to give the Bears hope of a mid-order collapse, but Berg 53* and Malan quashed any possibilities as they posted an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of ninety nine before the umpires brought the players off the field just as the new ball was about to be taken.

At the early close, Middlesex led by 305 runs with five second innings wickets still intact.

Day 2

After dominating the first session and a half of the second day, the Bears were brought back to earth as they lost four late wickets with the old ball and a further four in rapid succession with the new, before rain brought an early conclusion to the day's play.

Ian Westwood's second century in three weeks against the Middlesex attack looked to have set Warwickshire up for a commanding first innings total and subsequent lead, as he and fellow opener Varun Chopra, put on 175 for the first wicket, before Chopra 56 was caught in the gulley by Robson off Berg's first ball of a new spell.

Porterfield was caught at slip, to give spinner Ravi Patel his first championship wicket, while Westwood's innings came to an end when he drove Neil Dexter straight to mid-off for 120 and Dexter then followed up with the wicket of Maddy caught sharply in the gulley by Crook.

Middlesex took the new ball with Warwickshire just twenty two runs behind and six wickets in hand, but Roland-Jones changed the whole picture snapping up the wickets of Clarke and Ambrose to catches by Rossington and then trapping Blackwell lbw.

Immediately before the players left the field, Jim Troughton was caught at second slip off Murtagh for fifty and at the close Warwickshire 293-8 had struggled to a lead of just six, with two wickets remaining.

Day 1

Middlesex made a good start after being put into bat by Warwickshire, racing to thirty nine before Rogers 6 edged Barker to Clarke at slip.

Chris Wright then had both Denly and Malan caught behind by Ambrose, leaving Middlesex teetering on 48-3 but a fourth wicket partnership of seventy three was ended only thanks to a superb leg-side catch from Tim Ambrose off Rankin to remove Sam Robson for an attractive sixty.

Neil Dexter and Adam Rossington took Middlesex to lunch without further loss and extended their partnership to ninety five until Rossington 29 chipped Blackwell to point.

Dexter completed his first century of the season while Blackwell picked up the further wickets of Berg 8 and Crook 27 both to good catches by Porterfield.

Immediately after tea Rankin trapped Dexter lbw for 101 and in the same over had Roland-Jones caught at slip by Clarke off a lifting delivery without scoring.

Ian Blackwell brought the innings to a close when Patel drove loosely up to Wright at mid-off as Middlesex closed on 287 from 71.2 overs.

In reply Warwickshire had reached 21-0 from 5.1 overs when bad light and then heavy rain brought an early conclusion to the day

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